Because of the players' financial stake and the public's interest in cable television, decisions affecting the cross-ownership restrictions probably will be made in one or more forums. This Comment analyzes the cable television market and the effects of telco entry on the CATV industry. It attempts to aid the various forums in considering the effectiveness and necessity of the laws on this crucial issue. First, however, it is important to understand the origins of the cross-ownership prohibitions, current developments in the forums hearing the arguments, and the status of the cable and telecommunications markets.

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